This past summer, Walker High School Senior, Lamar Lawrence, completed an impressive task that is worth commemorating; he graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning, in Columbus, Georgia. Lamar spent ten weeks at Fort Benning training, learning, combatting, and drilling. He graduated from army basic training at the end of the summer.
The first week at basic training consisted of receiving immunizations and sizing for uniforms. The second week, Lamar participated in basic skills training, such as drilling and marching. During the third week, Lamar completed a Combat Life Savers Course, which included training in lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR. From the fourth to sixth weeks of training, Lamar began zeroing weapons and training in the shooting range daily. Before graduation, trainees are required to hit at least 23 out of 40 marks to pass basic rifle marksmanship, which Lamar passed with ease. In the final weeks of basics, Lamar completed FTX3 (Field Training Exercise). During this time, he was required to camp outside, using only his poncho as a tent, wake up at 4am daily, eat MREs (meals ready to eat), participate in combat simulations and Urban Ops, and go without showering.
At the end of Basic Training, Lamar and his comrades participated in a graduation ceremony, and then were allowed to return home. After graduation, Lamar enlisted in the National Guard. Lamar is currently drilling with a unit in North Port, AL, once a month to help prepare him for further training after he graduates from Walker High School. After high school, Lamar plans to complete his Advanced Individual Training (AIT). He will travel to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. There he will complete his AIT in Combat Medic Training. Ultimately, Lamar may apply to Marion Military Institute and study psychology.
By: Mrs. Mullinax